I had been up since 0200 and on the Loch with Taff and his crew as safety cover for the Celtman. It had all gone well and I was not to be on the hill till 1400 so I hoped to get a sleep when I arrived back at Arrina my wonderful Colonsay Bed and Breakfast for the weekend.
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I managed to get an hours sleep and caught up with my admin and Kallie made me some lunch and then I headed down to Torridon to get on the hill as I was assisting the Torridon Team in the safety cover for the final part of this extreme race. While I was resting the race was ongoing and all the competitors. They had a 202 k bike race ongoing! These are incredible people.
“The stunning CELTMAN! 202K bike route takes you along some historic single lane roads and wide open, virtually traffic free highland A roads. (Not any more I think )
Although we do not have any mountain passes to boast of the route includes 2000 Metres of climbing and, being coastal is affected greatly by our varied weather.RUN 42K through an ancient drover’s pass and over the Beinn Eighe mountain range
ASCEND over 4000 Metres during this epic day –
Run 42K over 2 Munros – The CELTMAN! run is unsurpassed for it’s challenging nature and beauty.
Spidean Coire nan Clach
(‘Peak of the Corrie of Stones’ in Scottish Gaelic), is the highest point on the main ridge itself. It stands at a height of 993m. You do not go to the absolute summit of this peak due to the technicality of the climb but you go as far as the trig point.
Ruadh-stac Mòr (‘Big Red Stack’ in Scottish Gaelic) is on one of the spurs off the main ridge of Beinn Eighe and stands at a height of 1,010m.
You will go all the way to this summit along an exposed ridge – if the weather gods are on your side you will be able to see for miles and mile.
Car parking was a nightmare as I parked in the busy car park and headed up the hill, I saw no one till the stepping-stones about half way in my walk. It was a stunningly beautiful day and the walking was easy with the skies clearing and the hills clear. This in it own is a wonderful walk even after little sleep it was invigorating and I was soon at my check point and met one of the Torridian Team Alistair Bailey and the two young lads from the boat Finn and Alfie who were going to move further on later on the day to another checkpoint.
By now it was 1530 and later on the runners started coming down of the huge Beinn Eighe it was some day. We also had a help of a few Celtman volunteers 3 crazy ladies who were a laugh a minute and the hours passed. A local Skye cameraman was there all day and added to the banter, it was warm and dry and a lovely situation. We must have been the noisiest check point with huge cheers as each runner and their safety runner arrived.
The weather was incredible, the midges stayed away and the views ever-changing with 360 degree panorama and the amazing competitors every one said thanks to us, it was a humbling experience. How can footballers earn so much when many of these elite competitors are so humble and always helping each other.
From the first to the last they were incredible people nearly 40 countries involved and not a bad word spoken. From the elite athletes to those still going at 2200 at night 17 hours on the go and maybe an hour and a half more they were so impressive. There were a few injuries but these are hard people and they just got on with it. One lovely lass had fallen on her face and other runners stopped and helped her. I met my pal Ryan and Thor both happy despite bike problems and we had a bit of banter.
A great fellowship of athletes who we can learn so much from and all telling us to keep an eye on the odd tired runner. We followed the last runners down to road and closed our checkpoint at 2200. The Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and the Celtman marshalls met us they had been high on the summits and were carrying a lot of rescue gear. It had been a long day for them and it was great to see the team so strong. The walk off was grand with the sun going down and the banter of great people and a job well done.
It was a quick chat in the car park the runners still had 7 ks on the road they
The stunning CELTMAN! 202K bike route takes you along some historic single lane roads and wide open, virtually traffic free highland A roads.
Although we do not have any mountain passes to boast of the route includes 2000M of climbing and, being coastal is affected greatly by our varied weather.
would be in after midnight 19 hours on the go and all for a tee – shirt. I said goodbye and drove back getting home at 0130 a bit tired but feeling good after another unique Celtman experience and the weather made the long day so good.
Finally as I drove home the animals deer, foxes, rabbit,hares and a cat kept me on my toes and awake. The weather and constant daylight the final views of the hills and then the rain near Inverness made this a special day.
Last year I was struggling with an illness for two years now I am getting back to fitness and maybe some big days as I watched all these great competitors on this unique race, maybe I can still do some? These are special times and live every day and enjoy what you have.
Great things happen when Men, women and mountains meet.
Till next year God willing! More great days ahead in these incredible mountains and great people.